Saturday, July 30, 2016

Fact-checking the acceptance speeches: Only one rates "true" or "largely true"

Wanna guess which one? I'll give you a hint. A lady in white.

Not Cate Blanchett as Galadriel in The Lord of the Rings.

Hmmm. Must be Hillary Clinton.

The New York Times fact-checked Clinton's speech from last night (Thursday) and rated her assertions as "True" or "Largely True." To be fair, some of her assertions needed qualifications but none were rated as "false."

Compare that to the fact-checking of Trump's speech by various new organizations.. For example, from the Washington Post: "Numbers are taken out of context, data is manipulated, and sometimes the facts are wrong."

Trump said "We cannot afford to be so politically correct anymore. So if you want to hear the corporate spin, the carefully-crafted lies, and the media myths the Democrats are holding their convention next week. But here, at our convention, there will be no lies. We will honor the American people with the truth, and nothing else."

He lied.

For example, the trumplies.com site analyzed Trump's prepared remarks with the following lead observation.

THE TRUTH: Republican speakers and Trump surrogates have told at least 55 lies during the first three days of the convention. CONVENTION DAY 1: 20 LIES; CONVENTION DAY 2: 21 LIES; CONVENTION DAY 3: 14 LIES

Which one to you want on your side? The Lady in White? or the Man from Moscow in Black?

A view from the other side: Various media sources point out that, in Clinton's speech, there were few facts to be checked. See AZBlueMeanie today for a review.

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